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Career & Technical Education

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PDE's Bureau of Career and Technical Education

In 2008, AcademyOne began working with the Bureau of Career and Technical Education (BCTE) at the Pennsylvania Department of Education to launch the Students Occupationally and Academically Ready (SOAR) Program. Supported by Perkins IV funding, the initiative helps high school students earn college credits for select technical education courses, enabling them to save money on college tuition, reduce their time to a college degree or credential and better prepare for high-priority occupations.

The BCTE chose to leverage CollegeTransfer.Net, AcademyOne’s flagship software solution, to publish their program information, course data and articulation agreements as well as to better inform their curriculum alignment decisions. AcademyOne also established a systematic data collection process to keep SOAR Program information current. A workflow tool streamlines efforts among and between schools and their academic departments.

PA SOAR Today

In 2012, the SOAR Program expanded beyond the borders of Pennsylvania to include the SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, New York. As the first participating institution with postsecondary agricultural programs, SUNY Cobleskill offers a way to enrich the SOAR portfolio of articulation agreements, providing students with even more career and technical education options.

Additionally, AcademyOne was awarded a contract in Spring 2013 to continue maintenance of the PA TRAC web portal for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. As part of this contract, AcademyOne will also continue to support the BCTE’s SOAR Program and the participating postsecondary institutions that create and maintain credit award articulations to high school career and technical education programs of study.  For more information, please read our most recent press release.

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